The 25 best managers in men's world football - ranked

  • Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Carlo Ancelotti among the top managers in world football
  • Coaches such as Mikel Arteta, Xavi and Thomas Frank have seen their reputations improve recently
  • 25 best managers from around the world ranked as part of 90min's Welcome to World Class series

Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti are elite managers
Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti are elite managers / Briony Painter | 90min

Here at 90min, we love to rank everything in football.

Whether that's players by their position or managers by the way they dress, or managers by how hard they are, or managers by how suited they are to being a professor, you can find an assorted list for any taste around here.

But we recently noticed that we'd never ranked the best current managers in men's football. We quickly realised that's because it's much, much harder to do that.

For example, some managers will perform well at elite clubs, but would struggle in turning round the fortunes of a middling side. Whatever criteria you have in your head for how to appropriately rank a manager, disregard it. Go with the flow. That's the only thing that's kept us sane.

Here are 90min's picks for the best 25 managers in men's world football today.

Honourable mentions and managers on the up:

  • Marcelo Gallardo
  • Arne Slot
  • Ruben Amorim
  • David Moyes
  • Marco Rose
  • Edin Terzic
  • Roger Schmidt

25. Massimiliano Allegri

Massimiliano Allegri
Allegri is in danger of dropping off the list / Gabriele Maltinti/GettyImages

Currently in charge of: Juventus

Past performances are doing a lot of heavy lifting for you here, Max. You're on thin ice.

24. Ange Postecoglou

Ange Postecoglou
Spurs are loving Big Ange instead / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Currently in charge of: Tottenham Hotspur

Taking a pinch of recency bias with this pick, but also the fact that Ange Postecoglou has also been hugely successful wherever he's been. Learn the game.

23. Thomas Frank

Thomas Frank
Frank has taken Brentford to unprecedented heights / Tony Marshall/GettyImages

Currently in charge of: Brentford

Sean Walsh, who covers both Tottenham and Brentford, had to split hairs over Postecoglou and Thomas Frank. In the end, he plumped for the latter. Just.

22. Roberto De Zerbi

Roberto De Zerbi
Alright mate that's enough with the VO5 / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/GettyImages

Currently in charge of: Brighton & Hove Albion

In 12 months, Roberto De Zerbi could quite conceivably break into the top 15 of this list. We would simply like to see more of his work.

21. Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho
Mourinho is under pressure to deliver Champions League football at Roma / Paolo Bruno/GettyImages

Currently in charge of: Roma

I prefer not to speak. If I speak I am in big trouble. And I'm not just paraphrasing.

20. Maurizio Sarri

Maurizio Sarri
Sarri has taken Lazio back into the Champions League / Maurizio Lagana/GettyImages

Currently in charge of: Lazio

Remember in 2017 when you couldn't escape videos on social media of Maurizio Sarri's Napoli tearing teams apart? Simpler times.

19. Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino
Pochettino joined Chelsea this summer / Clive Mason/GettyImages

Currently in charge of: Chelsea

How much do you still think Mauricio Pochettino is a top manager, and how much are you basing that based on achievements from over four years ago? Those were the big questions we had to ask ourselves, it's only fair if you do it too, buddy.

18. Unai Emery

Unai Emery
Emery's stock has risen / Matt McNulty/GettyImages

Currently in charge of: Aston Villa

It's pretty much nailed on that Unai Emery's Aston Villa will win the Conference League but finish 10th in the Premier League. That's the purest form of Emery.

17. Xavi

Xavi Hernandez
Xavi is proving to be a decent manager / Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/GettyImages

Currently in charge of: Barcelona

Xavi guided Barcelona to their first La Liga title in four years last season, displacing the reigning double-winners in Real Madrid. That's no joke.

16. Antonio Conte

Antonio Conte
Conte is currently without a job / Mike Hewitt/GettyImages

Currently in charge of: Unemployed

Alright, sure, he bombed out at Tottenham, he cried like a baby, he took a big dump on the club and wiped it up with his expiring and voided contract, but Antonio Conte remains one of the finest single-season single-competition managers in football.

15. Luis Enrique

Luis Enrique
Enrique is back in management / Jonathan Moscrop/GettyImages

Currently in charge of: Paris Saint-Germain

Luis Enrique has been tasked with leading PSG into a new era away from their faux-Galactico period to this point. Good luck, mate.

14. Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Zidane
Zidane left Real Madrid in 2021 / Angel Martinez/GettyImages

Currently in charge of: Unemployed

14 is a bit high for someone who hasn't managed in two years, but plenty of teams would take on Zinedine Zidane in a heartbeat. That's important.

13. Stefano Pioli

Stefano Pioli
Pioli has revived Milan / Alessandro Sabattini/GettyImages

Currently in charge of: AC Milan

Until his appointment at Milan in 2019, Stefano Pioli was just another Serie A journeyman, but he has broken free from those shackles of a stereotype and enjoyed a hugely successful period in charge at San Siro.

12. Julian Nagelsmann

Nagelsmann has been linked with the Germany job / INA FASSBENDER/GettyImages

Currently in charge of: Unemployed

Not many managers rock up to training on a skateboard, but 100% of the managers who do weird the team out a little. Anyway, here's Julian Nagelsmann.

11. Erik ten Hag

Erik ten Hag
Man Utd have faith in Ten Hag / BSR Agency/GettyImages

Currently in charge of: Manchester United

Erik ten Hag's first season at Manchester United was impressive, but he's got his work cut out to maintain that trajectory.

10. Mikel Arteta

Mikel Arteta
A man who loves to wind up Richard Keys / Mike Hewitt/GettyImages

Currently in charge of: Arsenal

Imagine reading this list two years ago and seeing Mikel Arteta this high. That's how quick football changes.

9. Didier Deschamps

Didier Deschamps
Deschamps has international pedigree / Jean Catuffe/GettyImages

Currently in charge of: France

We're entering a mini-tier of managers here, with three international coaches in a row. First up is France's Didier Deschamps, who has turned Les Bleus into a major force after years in disarray.

8. Lionel Scaloni

Scaloni conquered the world / LUIS ROBAYO/GettyImages

Currently in charge of: Argentina

The reigning World Cup-winner with just one loss in his last 49 games. Lionel Scaloni cracked the Argentina code.

7. Luciano Spalletti

Luciano Spalletti
Spalletti was recently appointed as Italy's new boss / Nicolò Campo/GettyImages

Currently in charge of: Italy

OK, Luciano Spalletti is technically an international manager, but really he's here for his services to the club game. Winning Serie A with Napoli? Without Diego Maradona? Literally unheard of.

6. Simone Inzaghi

Simone Inzaghi
Inzaghi's made Inter feared again / Francesco Scaccianoce/GettyImages

Currently in charge of: Inter

At Inter, Simone Inzaghi has combined two very important footballing traits - the ability to sweep up trophies without needing to play a horrible style.

5. Diego Simeone

Diego Pablo Simeone head coach
El Cholo's still rolling / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages

Currently in charge of: Atletico Madrid

Every time you think that Diego Simeone's reign at Atletico Madrid has run its course, he always finds a way to slightly tweak their team and go again. They're a decent shout for this season's La Liga title.

4. Thomas Tuchel

Thomas Tuchel
Tuchel's got the top Bundesliga job at last / Marvin Ibo Guengoer - GES Sportfoto/GettyImages

Currently in charge of: Bayern Munich

Thomas Tuchel has been through so many different stages in his managerial career. His Mainz and Borussia Dortmund sides were great on the ball and pressed maniacally. His PSG team relied more on star power. Chelsea won the Champions League with a more conservative approach. Goodness knows how his Bayern Munich will look in the long-term with Harry Kane.

3. Carlo Ancelotti

Carlo Ancelotti
Don Carlo, lower those eyebrows...and the other one / Angel Martinez/GettyImages

Currently in charge of: Real Madrid

Hey, if Real Madrid can win La Liga or the Champions League with Joselu as their only natural centre forward option, then Carlo Ancelotti might need to move back to top spot.

2. Jurgen Klopp

Jürgen Klopp
Klopp has succeeded at three different clubs / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Currently in charge of: Liverpool

A little bit of defensive coaching wouldn't go amiss, Jurgen Klopp. But after ending Liverpool's 30-year wait for a Premier League title in addition to reaching the Champions League final three times in five seasons, his stock remains exceptionally high.

1. Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola
Top of the world / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/GettyImages

Currently in charge of: Manchester City

Jibe him for being a 'chequebook manager' all you want, but no coach still in the game is more successful than Pep Guardiola.

He is the reigning treble-winner, after all.